Sascha Aurora Akhtar is a poet, performer and fiction writer. Most recently she has performed at the Rotterdam International Poetry Festival.
Prudence Chamberlain has just completed her first-year of PhD at Royal Holloway, developing a poetics of flippancy to position first person within fourth wave feminism. She has done readings at the Feminist Cultural Carnival, Centre of Creative Collaboration and The Jam, hosted by Arts Admin. She recently worked on an adaptation of Titus Groan, which was staged by Blackshaw Theatre Company at the Actors’ Church in Covent Garden this April.
Sharon Kivland is artist and writer working in London and France. Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, she is also a Research Associate of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, London. She has exhibited widely in Europe and North America. Publications include A Case of Hysteria, Book Works, London, 1999. Filigrane Editions, France, published a small book on her work Le bonheur des femmes, a work that began in the perfume departments of the grands magasins of Paris, where she retreated after walking the streets in pursuit of Marx and Freud, in the shadow of Lacan. Her’s is a practice of stupid refinement, trapped in archives, libraries, the arcades, and the intersection of public political action and private subjectivity.
Simon Smith has published four collections of poetry, the latest is London Bridge (2010) from Salt. A pamphlet Gravesend, appeared from Veer Books in 2011, an excerpt from that sequence was published in the US magazine FENCE last month, alongside work by Sean Bonney, Keston Sutherland, Andrea Brady and Vahni Capildeo . His translation of Catullus is forthcoming from Carcanet. Recently he has been involved in word/music collaborations with David Herd, the jazz group The-Quartet as well as Matt Wright and Evan Parker. He lectures on poetry at the University of Kent.
Sue Tompkins was born in Glasgow in 1971, graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1994, and is still based in the city. She has had solo exhibitions in numerous venues, including the Showroom, London, in 2007. Tompkins has also performed at institutions and events around the world, notably the Scottish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2005, and Tate Britain in 2006.